I was at a very nice market yesterday and decided to ask the meat department if they had any good scraps I could feed to my girls. I've begun feeding them a nice hot mash in the mornings, generally oatmeal or some other cereal, with tuna fish and veggies mixed in, and have begun to see that the cost adds up too fast with canned tuna at $1 each for the cheapest. The butchers were super sweet, although a little startled at the request. Its one of those chic little markets in the middle of the city (Seattle) and I guess they hadn't heard that many of us are keeping chickens in our back yards. They gave me about 3-4 pounds of nice steak and some huge prawns, heads removed, shells on. I chopped all the steak up into little bits, but just tossed the prawns out as they were. I thought the girls would go nuts over them, and they did play many a game of keep-away with them, but I think they may have gotten mostly just left on the floor of the run. Should I have cut them up and are they bad for them as they are? My reasoning was that if they eat oyster shell and gravel for goodness sake, surely they can manage a little shell. It might even entertain them a bit, I thought. What do you think?? Thanks!